Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says his side are wary of facing Arsenal in the Champions League this week.
The German and European champions will head into the game as favourites at the Emirates Stadium, but Lahm has revealed that Arsenal’s performance at the Allianz Arena last season has left an impression on himself and others in the side.
“That game is a warning sign to us. We had been very good in London, we thought nothing can happen to us in the return leg. All of a sudden you are 2-0 down and there are still some minutes to play. It shows that things can go really quickly in the Champions League. We will have that in the back of our minds,” he told the Guardian.
Bayern head into the game with the Gunners in very good shape; Pep Guardiola’s team have scored more than any other side in Germany with 57 goals while conceding just nine.
No one at Arsenal has tried to play down the size of the task which currently lays in front of them but the Gunners proved in Germany last season that if Arsene Wenger gets his team selection right, they can take apart any side.
The problem is that Bayern Munich didn’t have that same determination during last season’s tie, with perhaps a little bit of complacency creeping in which nearly cost them big time.
Arsenal winning away in Germany has got everyone, including Lahm, switched on, and focusing on getting a good result in the first leg this week before enjoying home advantage as they look to close the game out.
“We are really looking forward to coming back to the Champions League after the break of a couple of months especially against top opposition like Arsenal. I follow Arsenal a bit more this year and they've left a good impression,” he added.
It will be a fascinating tie and equally fascinating to see the side that Wenger puts out against Liverpool later on today, as he’ll surely have one eye on the task of knocking out the European champions as they look to defend their title.
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